Apple Co-Founder Said Filmmakers Got It ‘Totally Wrong’

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Steve Wozniak (credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Steve Wozniak (credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

 

LOS GATOS (CBS NEWS) – Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, says filmmakers got it “totally wrong” in a recently-released scene from Ashton Kutcher’s upcoming Steve Jobs biopic,”jOBS.”

In the scene, Kutcher’s Jobs tries to persuade Wozniak, portrayed by actor Josh Gad, that consumers at that time would actually be interested in buying personal computers if they were available. Wozniak is none too receptive to the idea.

 
“Nobody wants to buy a computer…nobody,” Gad says in the scene.

But, the real-life Wozniak claims it was actually the other way around.

“Totally wrong. Personalities and where the ideas of computers affecting society did not come from Jobs,” Wozniak said in one of his recently published emails to Gizmodo, also adding, “we never had such interaction and roles… personalities are very wrong although mine is closer.”

Wozniak says the idea of designing a personal computer came from his time as a member of Homebrew Computer Club, a group for computer hobbyists, and before Jobs had joined. But the fact that the scene never happened in real life isn’t what’s bothering Wozniak.

“It’s ok to make up a dramatic scene but is much better if it sort of happened and had the meaning portrayed,” Wozniak said in one of his emails.

However, Wozniak points out that only one scene from “jOBS” has been released so far and that the entire film itself “may be very good.”

The film premieres Friday at the Sundance Film Festival and will hit theaters nationwide on April 19, the 37th anniversary of the founding of Apple Computers.

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